The Crooked Branch

The Crooked Branch

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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From the national bestselling and highly acclaimed author of The Outside Boy comes the deeply moving story of two mothers--witty, self-deprecating Majella, who is shocked by her entry into motherhood in modern-day New York, and her ancestor, tough and terrified Ginny Doyle, whose battles are more fundamental: she must keep her young family alive during Ireland's Great Famine.

After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny--and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history.

With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby? Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny's past--and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c2013
ISBN: 9780451239242
0451239245
Characteristics: [384] p. ; 21 cm

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dykeslane
Apr 06, 2015

really well written from present day to over 100 years ago in Ireland. Fabulous read

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